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How Quarterbacks Are Made

The MMQB examined the youth football careers and family backgrounds of the 15 QBs taken in this year’s NFL draft (a record number), and found several key life experiences that appear to be predictors of success. Often, the men who play the position aren’t natural born leaders

How the Jets Landed Christian Hackenberg

The Penn State quarterback won over Todd Bowles & Co. during a secret workout in early April, but he still wasn’t a sure thing. At the last minute, New York thought it would lose its man to his old college coach

Why Early Retirements Aren’t a Threat to Football

The sport will survive because the pool of players is so enormous. For every A.J. Tarpley, D’Brickashaw Ferguson or Chris Borland, there are hundreds in line willing to put their bodies at risk for NFL glory and money

The Blitz Is Back! (Maybe)

Some NFL trends—more passing, more shotgun, and a blurring line between 3-4 and 4-3 defenses—become ensconced in the game. Others fade away, like the Wildcat or the read-option. Here are five emerging trends to watch coming out of the 2015 season

The Unlikely QBs of the Likely AFC Playoffs

The conventional wisdom is that you need a superstar quarterback to win Super Bowls. Yet, looking at the likely AFC playoff bracket, it’s Tom Brady and five pedestrian signal-callers. Here’s how each one gets it done

The Fine Fifteen

There’s movement at the top, as two AFC giants re-enter the top five. Plus notes on Pete Rose, Muhammad Wilkerson and a player I admire

Andy Benoit’s Midseason All-Pro Team

He didn’t consult stats or advanced metrics. The MMQB’s film-study guru simply relied on his own eyes and expertise to compile this list—and he’s ready for your challenge flags

Lights Out Football

In their never-ending quest to find a winning edge, NFL teams are turning their players on to the most accessible and natural performance-enhancer: a good night’s sleep

From Apprentice to Master

Bruce Arians, Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells each had a hand in molding Todd Bowles, who is now remaking the Jets in his own image

How the Jets D Is Taking the Offensive

The return of Darrelle Revis has been huge for the 3-1 Jets, who had their way with the Dolphins in London. But it’s Todd Bowles’ unique pressure concepts that have allowed Gang Green to dominate as the NFL’s best defense in 2015